Pictured above: Idina Menzel performs the hit song "Into the Unknown" from Frozen II at the 2020 Oscars. Video courtesy ABC.
It was the performance we didn’t know we needed.
From the moment Broadway star and Frozen II lead Idina Menzel took the Oscar’s stage, we were transported to a winter wonderland of epic proportions. But it was the ensemble that joined the ice queen herself that made this particular performance one to remember.
On Sunday evening, Menzel, who plays Elsa in both Frozen movies, performed the Oscar-nominated song “Into the Unknown”. She was accompanied by Norwegian singer Aurora and nine Elsa vocalists from around the world. Each vocalist performed the song in her respective language.
Among the languages represented in the performance were Spanish, Russian, and Japanese. Altogether, Frozen II has been translated into 45 languages.
Prior to her performance, Menzel’s Frozen co-star Josh Gad took the stage to introduce her and poke fun at John Travolta at the same time.
In 2014, Travolta was the source of one of the biggest Oscar flubs in recent history, saying, “Please welcome the wicked-ly talented, the one and only, Adele Dazeem.”
This year, Gad introduced his co-star as “the iconic and brilliant Idina Menzel, pronounced exactly as it is spelled.”
Later in the evening, the Academy Award for Best Original Song was awarded to Elton John and Bernie Taupin’s “(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again” from the 2019 biopic Rocketman.